Sunday, December 23, 2012

Experimenting with Paper!

I was first introduced to 'paper cutting' in my early teens.
An 'Aunt' of mine (not really related, just close friend of the family we called Aunt) made really great cards using a paper technique called quilling.  I remember her teaching me how to make little roses an other flowers and I got pretty into for a while.
Later on I even used to create cards for the doctors office I worked at for our employees birthdays using paper cutting, they were pretty simple.

I saw Brittney Lee's paper pieces a few years ago and at first I wasn't crazy about them (her early ones), but eventually they grew on me as she did more of them and now I really love the intricate pieces she does.
I have since seen other people doing some really fun pieces using this same technique like Petra Varga, who has been nice enough to share her approach with me.

I decided to attempt a piece using this paper cutting method and I have to say I learned a lot.
This is a time consuming, but addictive process.
I did my own take on it by painting an acrylic background and then placing paper cut figures on top to see the effect it would give.
This was an experiment for later pieces I have in mind.
Here was my process:

I first did a sketch

I cleaned up the sketch on my computer and printed it off, transferring my drawing to the colored pieces of paper. I cut those piece out using these tools (the tweezers were to handle the really small bits)

If I didn't have quite the right color, I painted it on.
Cutting the pieces out is probably what took me the longest amount of time.
I then started assembling my pieces together glued them onto the background image I had painted earlier.

This is my final product

The scene is from one of my all time favorite movies, "Singing in the Rain" where Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse do an incredible dance sequence.

Overall, it was a fun and challenging project to try out and I plan to do plenty more!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Happy Holidays!

 Happy Holidays friends and family!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Hot Chocolate

One of my favorite memories growing up during the dreary rainy days, was when I would make myself a mug of warm Milo or Holicks sit in my room and read Enid Blyton books. The sound of the rain hitting my window and the heater turned up made those winter days so cozy...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A little tribute...

For my Advanced Illustration class I am studying some people that I most admire.
A couple of those artists are Pascal Campion and Brittney Lee.
This past weekend I got to meet both of them at CTN, which was AMAZING and I will post more on that soon.
Here's a piece I did for my class influenced by them and inspired by my mother:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Winter is coming!

Pull your coats out of storage, it's time for winter.
The week has been grey, cold and windy. Did this sketch to get my mind of my assignments for a second...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Window Sill

I have been wanting to do a series of images that relate to my East Indian heritage and I hope at some point I will have time to work on it. For now, here is an image that I sketched and painted today.
I may not have grown up in India, but I am grateful to be a part of such a beautiful culture.
The colorful clothing, the music that makes you want to dance and of course, the exotic spicy food.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall Leaves

I was sketching during Richard Hull's lecture today, messing with leaf designs for another project. This image happened and I painted it between assignments to keep my sanity :D.
Most people love the Fall season. I personally could live in a summer climate all year round. 
The changing leaves are pretty though!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Slugs and Snails and Puppy dog tails

What are little boys made of?
Slugs and snails
And puppy-dogs' tails,
That's what little boys are made of.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A little light reading

I loved reading  the "Harry Potter" books. I miss the anticipation of waiting for the next book to come out. Even though I don't get very much time to do a lot of reading lately, it was nice to look forward to something that made the hours spent so enjoyable, they would fly by.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Painted this sketch while watching the Olympic gymnasts. Felt appropriate :D

Monday, August 6, 2012

I spy a butterfly...

Another sketch I did a while back and decided to mess around with in Photoshop.
Still trying to figure out some brushes!

Thursday, July 26, 2012


My friend Roxanne recently asked me to do a piece for her. It's a baby shower gift for her sister-in-law. 
She wanted a woodland scene with a mother and child. It was fun coming up with this image, thanks Rox!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Disney's Paperman

This looks like it's going to be great! I love the look that they went with and it's set in my favorite time period. I grew up watching old black and white movies so it definitely tugs at my childhood heartstrings.

Part One

Part Two

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cotton Candy Carousel

More things I love about summer.
I had this image in my head for a while now and I finally got a chance to make it happen.
My family recently went to Lagoon and it was SO cute to see the little ones on the carousel.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Random Sketches

Some sketches I did for fun of a few classmates a while ago and thought I'd share.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Bedtime Story

Well, it's Father's Day and I thought this would be a fitting image to work on. I had the sketch done a while ago, but I decided to paint it by this date.

Sunday, June 3, 2012


I did this piece for a friend of mine of her two beautiful daughters. It was really fun to work on. Thanks Courtney!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Willow Tree

Trees are fun to draw!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Little Bird

A little sketch I did the other day.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

IF: Hitched

I was thinking of the quote: "Hitch your wagon to a star" when I saw this weeks topic.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


Messing with some different brushes in photoshop and mermaids with jellyfish are just fun to draw.

Monday, April 30, 2012

IF: Jump

When I first posted for Illustration Friday, it was over 3 yrs ago!
I've decided to try for round 2 and make an effort to post over the summer while I don't have classes.
What a perfect word for me to 'jump' right back into it! (Pun totally intended)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Pandora's Box

I just finished this for a final assignment.
The topic was "The biggest mistake of my life."
I could have gone in many directions with that, but I decided to go with "Pandora's Box", mostly because I've always been intrigued by Greek Mythology and I thought this particular story would be fun to illustrate.

Monday, April 16, 2012


If I was ever lost at sea, I think I would survive with a tub full of books.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Roller Skating

For our digital painting class we had to design an animal with a mode of transportation focusing on creating a sense of texture.
The examples we were given included:
Ben Balistreri
Bobby Pontillas
Jean Baptiste Vendamme
This is what I ended up with:

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Monster Under the Bed

Assignment for an article regarding stress in children.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Happy St Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Jane and her cat

I wanted to draw a fluffy white cat...

Sunday, March 11, 2012


I love seeing all sorts of critters when I am up the canyon.
I plan to draw some of my favorites.

Flamingo Dancer

Flamingos are just cool looking!

Saturday, March 3, 2012


She loves rainy days!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Oil Can Sam

My very first robot!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Where would they live?

"A bird might love a fish, but where would they live".
This line is found in movies, like 'Ever after' or 'Fiddler on the Roof', referring to forbidden love.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Afternoon stroll

Children's book Illustration assignment.
Another piece I got into the Student Art Show.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Georgie Porgie

Assignment: Illustrate a nursery rhyme in a different context.

Georgie Porgie pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry
When the boys came out to play,
Georgie Porgie ran away... to war.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Tea Party

I'm pretty happy with the way this assignment turned out.
I had to illustrate the word 'invisible'.
This is another piece that got into the student show this year!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Homage to the beautiful and talented Audrey Hepburn.
I grew up watching her movies always thought her pixie looks made her a unique beauty.
This is one of 3 images I got in at the Student Art Show.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Beginnings

New year, fresh start.